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Dream Interpretation: Snakes
They say that dreams are the road to the unconscious. As long as man has been able to reason, he has sought to understand the significance of the dream phenomenon. Surprisingly, there are several symbols common to many dreamers. One such symbol is the snake.
Many of us have an instinctual fear of snakes. Because of this fact, dreaming about snakes can lead to very unsettling feelings. Snake dreams can, however, provide some very important information to the dreamer. They can be a symbol of warning and can also serve as a source of motivation.
When interpreting dreams, it is important to realize that each individual is unique with varying backgrounds, experiences, and emotions. Your dreams are connected to your reality. This means you must draw from your own life when interpreting your dreams. With snake dreams (as with all dreams) you will need to look at the dream in its entirety to true understand the message. Two very important factors to determining the exact meaning of you snake dream are the context by which the snake appears and how you feel about this appearance.
Approximately one in every 20 dreams involves a snake.
What Does Dreaming of Snakes Mean?
When interpreting dreams involving snakes, it is important to understand that the snake is a neutral symbol. This means the role of the snake can be slanted by the dreamer. That slant is often defined by the dreamers cultural or spiritual beliefs. For example, in the west snakes are feared while in the East they are quite often revered. The dreamers view of snakes undoubtedly influences the interpretation of the dream. In this way, dream analysis is highly subjective. This article is meant to serve as a guide to provide some insight into why this type of dream is occurring or reoccurring in your life.
In general, snake dreams indicate that the dreamer's attention was involved in some creative process throughout the day. This creative pursuit may have been spiritual, emotional, mental, or physical. Quite often dreaming about snakes is related to challenges and feelings in your waking life. Most commonly, snakes represent one of the following:
- The unconscious - Snakes are quite often the symbolic of unconscious thoughts and desires
- Healing or resolving issues
- A phallic Symbol - Classic Freudian theory suggests that the snake is male energy, the male figure, or the experience of sexuality
- Your untamed or wild side
- Your intuition, instinctual, or spiritual side
- A time of transition or transformation
Dream Interpretation: Snakes and What They Mean
If you dream of...
Then it may signify...
a source of protection from illnesses
A snake with a head at each end
You are feeling overburdened as if you are being pulled in two directions at once.
A two headed snake
Cooperation and teamwork in a waking relationship
A snake with no head or no eyes
You are being blindsided or you are refusing to see the danger in a situation
A snake eating another snake
You are willing to succeed at any cost
Eating a live snake
Your life is lacking senuality and you are looking for intimacy.
Throwing up after eating a live snake
You are rushing or overcompensating for something you lack in your life.
A snake being beheaded
You may be refusing to face a fear or there may be an issue you are not confronting.
A snake Charmer
The need for control over your sexual desires
A snake bite
A warning regarding something in your waking life
Who is More Likely to Have Snake Dreams
Snake dreams are believed to be more common in individuals who have a more developed sense of consciousness, are highly creative, or who are very much in tune with themselves. This includes various healers, mediators, creators, and yogis.
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How to Stop Recurring Snake Dreams
In general, snake dreams subside once the dreamer realizes their fear, issue, or other factor that spurred the dream. Since dreaming of snakes can be quite unsettling, it is important that you do not dwell on the dream, particularly as you get close to bedtime. Doing so can actually encourage the recurrence of the snake dream and typically this is not what you want. Instead, you may want to try a technique called lucid dreaming. This is when you become consciously aware that you are dreaming while asleep. This may seem like a difficult thing to do, but with practice it is possible. If you succeed at lucid dreaming, you will be able to actually ask the snakes why they are continuing to appear in your dreams. You may be able to face the snakes, thereby, gaining control of your fear.